Jedd Beaudoin


Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi-weekly trends commentary “A Musical Life,” as well as “Musical Space.” He received his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University in 2001 (where he was a Creative Writing Fellow) and holds a B.A. in English (with an emphasis in writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Beaudoin hosts Wichita Sessions on KPTS Channel 8. The show, which features local and regional music acts in performance, is now in its third season. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance journalist. He served as music critic and editor for two Wichita alternative newspapers, F5 (2003-06) and Wichita City Paper (of which he was also managing editor, 2006-07). He currently contributes music, film, and book reviews to, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.

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Tuesday, December 1

We commemorate World AIDS Day with selections from Arthur Russell, John Grant, Queen, David Byrne, Lou Reed and many other artists who have written about and/or lived with HIV/AIDS.

Wednesday, December 2

Bob Walkenhorst is vocalist/guitarist and main songwriter for The Rainmakers. The band is based in Kansas City, Missouri and was inducted in the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2011 and accumulated numerous fans since the early 1980s, including author Stephen King. The band’s most recent recording is Cover Band.

Here, in a 2014 interview with KMUW, Walkenhorst discusses his longtime fascination with religion in his lyrics.

With Black Friday almost upon us, KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin, Fletcher Powell and Hugo Phan discuss their favorite movies about greed, excess and consumerism.

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The Oklahoma music scene is as is vibrant today as it has ever been thanks to a group of young bands that blur the lines between country, rock and Americana. KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin spoke to a founding member of one of those bands, a musician who says that the audience for this brand of music continues to grow.

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Wednesday, November 18

Taking its name from the Italian version of George A. Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead, Zombi has long held a special place in the hearts of music lovers who also love film scores. The band’s synth-heavy sound recalls the music of Italian horror masters Goblin and filmmaker John Carpenter’s unique scores. We’ll hear selections from that record as well from Kimono My House, the 1974 album from Sparks. 

Thursday, November 19

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Ryan Stoldt is the main songwriter and co-founder of the band Twin Cities. He is also a member of Coriander and Team Tremolo.

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The Kansas City-based band Making Movies comes to Wichita this weekend for a live performance. Its founding member explains that the group is interested in bridging a variety of musical styles in the hope of making something new.

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Rock concerts will often provide listeners with two or three bands which play in a similar style. One Dallas-based group hopes that music lovers will opt for a more eclectic experience when going to a show. 

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Wednesday, November 11

We honor Veterans Day with selections from Linda Thompson, John Prine, Zac Brown Band and more. 

Thursday, November 12 

Missing Out On Nothing is the latest release from Kansas band Twin Cities; we’ll hear selections from that recording as well as from Beat Happening’s Look Around and new singles from The Pents, Kristoff, Waltz, and Jenny Wood & The Femmeline.

Friday, November 13

Jeffery Skemp

A Brief History of Seven Killings is one of the most discussed novels of 2014 and 2015. Its author has recently received his share of acclaim for the work, but says that there was a time, some years ago, where he almost gave up on becoming an established writer.